> > Would any of you actually make use of this 'feature' of Majordomo
> > [or another listserv]?
> Absolutely not. I consider it a misguided attempt to solve a problem
> that is better solved by sufficiently smart filtering tools.
Not to start a religious war here, but I think the feature has some
merits. I don't use Majordomo for my lists, but in my case the header
never ends up with multiple tags in the subject because the mailing list
software checks for that.
I personally like it because many people are not able to install procmail
or other sorts of filters on their mail host. This is a quick way to scan
through a large mailbox and use your eye to quickly filter and
differentiate between messages.
And no, client-side filtering is not the answer. I read my mail from
about 8 different machines in many different locations. I have a central
IMAP mailstore and it is essential that I leave all my mail on my central
server so I can get at it from anywhere. The one thing that would help
here is if more mail clients would support read-time client-side filtering
as seen in the great ML mail client from Mike MacGirvin. Unfortunately
this client is no longer being developed and I have not seen this feature
in any other mail client.
So, as far as I am concerned, I will continue being a proponent of this
feature given that it is implemented correctly and that the tag is nice
and short so it doesn't obscure too much of the subject line.